|Robotic Lander Development Project|
The Robotic Lander Development Project at the Marshall Center is testing a prototype lander that will aid in the design and development of a new generation of small, smart, versatile robotic landers capable of performing science and exploration research at multiple destinations in the solar system. The prototype also provides a platform to test sensors, avionics, software, landing legs, and integrated system elements to support autonomous landings on airless planetary bodies in the solar system.
Keywords: NASA; Marshall Space Flight Center; space exploration
|Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Test|
NASA recently performed a trial run on a rocket sled test fixture, powered by rockets, to replicate the forces a supersonic spacecraft would experience prior to landing. The sled tests will allow the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project, or LDSD, to test inflatable and parachute decelerators to slow spacecraft prior to landing and allow NASA to increase landed payload masses, improve landing accuracy and increase the altitude of safe landing-sites...
Keywords: Marshall Space Flight Center; space exploration; supersonic spacecraft; rocket sled
|Controlled Hover Test No. 4|
NASA's Robotic Lander Development Project at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. conducts the second free-flight test of a robotic lander prototype. During test the lander successfully executed its planned flight profile, autonomously ascending to a six-foot hover and descending to conduct a controlled soft landing.
Keywords: Marshall Space FLight Center; robotic lander prototype; NASA; space exploration
|NASA's Robotic Lander Takes Flight|
On Monday, June 13, the robotic lander mission team was poised and ready when the lander prototype in the adjacent building lifted itself off the ground and rose unrestrained higher and higher. Applause broke out in the control room when the lander gently sat back down. This marks the first free flight of this prototype for the Robotic Lunar Lander Development Project managed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala...
Keywords: robotic lander; marshall space flight center; nasa; space exploration
|Controlled Hover Test Flight No. 4|
This video collage provides several views of the robotic lander prototype during its second free flight test. The lander is captured in flight from overhead and side mounted cameras in high definition and infrared video. The infrared video allows engineers to see how the vehicle is behaving thermally as well as how the thrusters pulse during test since the thruster plumes are invisible to the naked eye..
Keywords: Marshall Space Flight Center; NASA; Robotic Lander Prototype; space exploration
|Focus On Marshall: Propulsion Managers Reflect on Final Mission|
Co-hosts, Lori Meggs and Bill Hubscher reminisce with the current Shuttle Propulsion managers and our Center Director at KSC before the launch of STS-134 on the coming close of the program. After thirty years of successfully supporting the country's space goals, the shuttle program comes to an end with the launch of STS-135.
Keywords: What -- STS-134; marshall space flight center; STS-134; space shuttle; NASA; space exploration
|Solar Sail Readies for Early Warning Mission|
NASA's Solar Sail project, directed by L'Garde of Tustin, Calif., plans to take this innovative technology beyond Earth's orbit. The spacecraft will have a "sail" one quarter the size of a football field and park in a pseudo LaGrange point closer to the sun to double the current warning period for dangerous solar flares. Slated for launch in late 2014, the instrument aboard the solar sail craft will use the sun's photon radiation to gently offset the corresponding pull of the sun's gravity.
Keywords: What -- Sun; Marshall Space Flight Center; NASA; Solar Sails; exploration; beyond earth orbit; solar flares
|Administrator's Statement on New Heavy-lift Rocket|
Keywords: Marshall Space Flight Center; NASA; Space Launch System; Heavy-Lift Rocket; exploration
|Successful First J-2X Combustion Stability Test|
NASA conducted a key stability test firing of the J-2X rocket engine Dec. 1, marking another step forward in development of the upper-stage engine that will carry humans farther into space than ever before. (NASA/SSC)
Keywords: Marshall Space Flight Center; J-2X rocket engine; space exploration; Stennis Space Center
|Robotic Lander Prototype Testing|
NASA's Robotic Lunar Lander Development Project at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., completed an initial series of integrated tests on a new lander prototype. The prototype lander will lead to the development of a new generation of small, smart, versatile robotic landers to achieve scientific and exploration goals on the surface of the moon and near-Earth asteroids. (NASA/MSFC)
Keywords: What -- Moon; nasa; marshall space flight center; robotics; robotic lander; exploration
|J-2X Rocket Engine, 40-Second Test|
NASA conducted a 40-second test of the J-2X rocket engine Sept. 28, the most recent in a series of tests of the next-generation engine selected as part of the Space Launch System architecture that will once again carry humans into deep space. It was a test at the 99 percent power level to gain a better understanding of start and shutdown systems as well as modifications that had been made from previous test firing results.
Keywords: NASA; Marshall Space Flight Center; J-2X rocket engine; Space Launch System; space exploration
|First Glimpse of 2011 Perseid Meteor Shower|
On the night of July 26, allsky cameras of the NASA fireball network detected three Perseid meteors in the skies over Tennessee and Alabama. The first seen by the cameras this year, these meteors are the "advance guard" of the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks on the night of Aug. 12. NASA plans a live Web chat on Aug. 12 to observe the Perseids: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/perseids_2011.html
Keywords: Where -- Alabama; Where -- Tennessee; Marshall Space Flight Center; Bill Cooke; Perseids meteor shower; NASA; space exploration
|Bright Meteor Lights Up Atlanta Skies|
This video shows a very bright meteor that streaked over the skies of Atlanta, Ga., on the night of Aug. 28, 2011. The view is from an all sky camera in Cartersville, Ga., operated by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. (NASA/MSFC/Meteoroid Environment Office)
Keywords: Where -- Atlanta; NASA; Marshall Space Flight Center; meteor; all sky camera; space exploration
|J-2X Engine Test, May 16, 2012|
The shake, rattle and roar lasted just seven seconds, but the short J-2X test conducted May 16 at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center moved the space agency closer to a return to deep space. NASA operators tested the next-generation J-2X engine on the A-2 Test Stand at Stennis to collect early data on performance of the engine and test stand with the new nozzle extension and clamshell configuration...
Keywords: J-2X rocket engine; Marshall Space Flight Center; Stennis Space Center; space exploration
|Fishman Receives the Shaw Prize for Astronomy|
In the video, Dr. Jerry Fishman discusses his career as a scientist, his lifelong interest in science and his recognition as the 2011 Shaw Prize Recipient for Astronomy.
Keywords: NASA; Marshall Space Flight Center; Dr. Jerry Fishman; Shaw Prize; astronomy; space exploration
|J-2X Rocket Engine Overview|
More than half a century of human space flight and research has formed the basis for the powerful J-2X rocket engine. Credit: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.
Keywords: Marshall Space Flight Center; NASA; J-2X rocket engine; space exploration
|Hinode Views the 2012 Venus Transit|
On June 5, 2012, Hinode captured these stunning views of the transit of Venus -- the last instance of this rare phenomenon until 2117. Hinode is a joint JAXA/NASA mission to study the connections of the sun's surface magnetism, primarily in and around sunspots. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages Hinode science operations and oversaw development of the scientific instrumentation provided for the mission by NASA, and industry...
Keywords: Where -- Venus; What -- Hinode; Marshall Space Flight Center; Hinode; Venus transit; solar eclipse; astronomy; space exploration
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Keywords: Space Launch System; Heavy-Lift rocket; NASA; Marshall Space Flight Center; space exploration
|A Hidden Black Hole|
This animation shows an artist's impression of a distant galaxy and its hidden black hole found in an epoch when the Universe was less than one billion years old. Credit: NASA/CXC/A. Hobart
Keywords: chandra x-ray observatory; black hole; marshall space flight center; nasa; space exploration; universe
|J-2X Engine Continues to Set Standards|
Testing of the next-generation J-2X rocket engine continues to set standards. Last fall, the engine attained 100 percent power in just its fourth test and became the fastest U.S. rocket engine to achieve a full-flight duration test, hitting that 500-second mark in its eighth test. On, May 25, NASA recorded another first during a 40-second test of the engine on the A-2 Test Stand at John C. Stennis Space Center...
Keywords: J-2X rocket engine; Marshall Space Flight Center; Stennis Space Center; space exploration; beyond earth orbit
|J-2X Powerpack Test Lights Up the Night|
In a brief but dazzling display, a 1.86-second burst of flame emerges from the A-1 test stand at Stennis Space Center as NASA kicks off the first in a series of J-2X powerpack tests the evening of Feb. 15. (NASA/SSC)
Keywords: Marshall Space Flight Center; J-2X rocket engine; Powerpack; Stennis Space Center; space exploration; long-duration missions
|Space Launch System: Future Frontier|
Editor's note: This is a repost due to a video change. Thanks for all your previous comments.Featuring NASA Marshall's Foundations of Influence, Relationships, Success & Teamwork (FIRST) employees and student interns, 'Future Frontier' discusses the new Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift launch vehicle and its importance to furthering NASA's exploration mission. NASA FIRST is the Agency's leadership program for promising young professionals...
Keywords: Marshall Space Flight Center; FIRST; Foundations of Influence; Relationships; Success & Teamwork; space launch system; space exploration; NASA
|J-2X Engine Ready For Second Test Series|
Time-lapse video of the installation of J-2X engine 10001 in the A-2 test-stand at Stennis, complete with clamshell assembly and nozzle extension. With these enhancements test engineers will measure the flight-configured engine performance at flight-like conditions. This video covers three months of activity to prepare for hot-fire testing
Keywords: Marshall Space Flight Center; J2-X rocket engine; Stennis Space Center; hot fire testing; space exploration
|Robots Aboard International Space Station|
Ames Research Center, MIT and Johnson Space Center have two new robotics projects aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Robonaut 2, a two-armed humanoid robot with astronaut-like dexterity, is currently undergoing onboard testing. The second is the SPHERES satellite, which recently got a smartphone upgrade that gives it eyes, ears and a sensor array. These robots could assume mundane, sometimes dangerous tasks: monitoring radiation, filter change-outs, some extravehicular activities
Keywords: International Space Station; Robonaut 2; SPHERES; Ames Research Center; MIT; Johnson Space Center; humanoid robot; space exploration
|Throttle Up! J-2X Powerpack Test Sets Record|
During a record-breaking June 8 test, engineers throttled the J-2X powerpack up and down several times to explore numerous operating points required for the fuel and oxidizer turbopumps. The results of this test will be useful for determining performance and hardware life for the J-2X engine turbopumps. The J-2X engine will power the upper stage of the evolved NASA¹s Space Launch System, an advanced heavy-lift rocket that will provide an entirely new national capability for human exploration be...
Keywords: Where -- Mississippi; Marshall Space Flight Center; J2-x rocket engine; Space Launch System; Stennis Space Center; beyond earth orbit; space exploration
|J-2X Engine Test Goes Full Duration|
NASA conducted a 260-second J-2X engine test at the Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi on June 13 marking another step in developing the Space Launch System, the next-generation rocket that will carry humans deeper into space than ever before. (NASA/SSC)
Keywords: Where -- Mississippi; Marshall Space Flight Center; J2-X rocket engine; Space Launch System; beyond earth orbit; Stennis Space Center; space exploration
|Small Solid Rocket Motor Test|
It was three-two-one to brilliant fire as NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center tested a small solid rocket motor designed to mimic NASA's Space Launch System booster. The Mar. 14 test provides a quick, affordable and effective way to evaluate a new nozzle insulation material for the SLS solid rocket booster. (NASA/MSFC)
Keywords: Marshall Space Flight Center; Space Launch System; solid rocket booster; long duration space flight; J2-X rocket engine; space exploration